Common Rapid Production Prototyping Technologies


Let’s look at two processes we use to make high-quality, durable prototypes – selective laser sintering and stereolithography. Selective laser sintering uses a powerful laser to fuse particles of your material of choice into the shape of your prototype. Stereolithography uses a container of liquid UV curable resin and laser to create your prototype bit by bit. Other prototyping processes we use include cast urethane and fabricated wood or plastic models. In this post we will look at the differences and the best uses for selective laser sintering versus stereolithography.

Stereolithography is very efficient and allows for speedy production. This method usually only takes a few hours or less to produce high quality prototypes – making it the quickest method of prototyping available. Stereolithography also uses the best material technology which means your prototype with be a rugged, durable, and accurate representation of your end product.

Sometimes stereolithography is not the best method. Selective laser sintering is a much better option when very precise work is required. This method does provide for a higher quality surface area and increased accuracy. Selective laser sintering is perfect for prototypes that require absolute precision such as very small parts or medical device trays.

At ThermoFlex, we are happy to offer rapid prototyping services to our clients. We know how important it is for your prototypes to meet the requirements of your industry. We have a wide range of experience with anything from automobile manufacturers to medical equipment manufactures and beyond. Our experience in the industry means saved time and money and a higher quality prototype. If you have been looking for a trusted company who will work with you to produce a high quality prototype, do not hesitate to contact us today!